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Jamaican Jerk Rub Recipe

Jerk Spice Rub
Having a good variety of dry rubs is always important for grilling season. This recipe is for a Jamaican jerk spice rub. A lot of the flavor in this rub comes from seasonings such as allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves but there are several spices that come together to make this rub delicious. The best part is, chances are you already have all or most of these spices on hand. The use of cayenne pepper helps to add a little bit of heat to this mixture and you can adjust it to your taste if you wish. This rub goes great on chicken, pork or shrimp. The photos in the recipe display this seasoning mixture on grilled chicken breasts topped with mango salsa. Enjoy.

Jerk Spice Rub

Jamaican Jerk Rub


  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves


  1. Mix together all of the ingredients and store in an airtight container.
  2. To use, rub the spice mixture on chicken, pork, or shrimp 15-20 minutes before grilling. This recipe will provide enough spice to coat about 3 pounds of meat.

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